Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Favorite Bible Verse of the day- Psalms 103
Last Monday I made a vow to God to dedicate 15minutes out of each day to read a scripture and have a talk with him. I know that 15mins is not a lot of time but what started out as 15min turned into 30min and then I just didn't want to stop. All the time in the world belongs to God. I started reading the scriptures with a dictionary in my hand. I used to think that my father was strange for doing this but I guess it kinda rubbed off on me. I'm realizing that although I've been in the church all my life, there is still so much that I don't know. This Summer off is going to be a renewal of my faith. I want a closer walk with Jesus. It's amazing how his love is everlasting and unconditional. He kept me through so many situations even when my mind was not on him. I let so many things distract me and get me off focus but even when we don't always do what we should, God is always there watching over us. I praised God for forgiving me of my sins and having mercy on me. I thanked him for opening my eyes to see situations that were not good for me. I went back and thanked him for things he had done in the past that I didn't even deserve. I asked him to cleanse me and protect me. I'm so happy that he keeps loving me Sometimes when I'm going through the devil will try to confuse me and convince me that God isn't there but God keeps proving himself to me over and over. Sometimes I'll read a scripture at night and go to church the next day and my Dad is preaching on it or I will hear it in a song. To me that is God's way of saying "I'm here." I know now that what the world has to offer can't compare to what God has for us. I've gotten to the point where I really HATE sin. It ruins your life. God's mercy is sweet and compassionate. Satan's mercy is cruel. Lies, deception, shame, and filth is what he offers. He wants to destroy and God wants to rebuild. I can deal with the persecution from others because it will all be worth it when I see Jesus! I was so glad to have the house to myself today. I walked around worshiping God for being who he is and that's a redeemer, a healer, a savior, an all-knowing, and powerful King of kings. I really mean to strive for righteousness. I won't let anything keep me from God- not friends, money, men or finances. I can admit that there was a time when I didn't listen to the advice of others that I know now God had sent to advise me but I praise God for allowing me another day to repent and get it right. So, no longer will I stress over situations in this life because God holds my life and whatever he decides, I will accept. What God has for you is a million times better than anything anyone could ever offer you. Thank you, Jesus!
Psalm 103 (King James Version)
1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.